The Central Texas Regional Agency on Aging, a program of the Central Texas Council of Governments, is set to host a series of support groups in Bell County after first partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association.
In Texas, about 400,000 people age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The meetings “will build a support system with people who understand,” the Central Texas Regional Agency on Aging said in a news release. “Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups… are a safe place where people with dementia and their partners can develop a support system, exchange practical information about challenges and possible solutions, discuss problems and ways to deal with them, and share their feelings, needs and concerns. »
These meetings—led by trained professionals—are scheduled from 10-11 a.m. the first Friday of each month at the Temple Public Library, 100 W. Adams Ave in Temple; 1 to 2 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month at the Central Texas Council of Governments building, 2180 N. Main St. in Belton; and 6-7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1018 S. Seventh St. in Temple.
“We are truly excited and eager to serve those caring for family and friends with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Theresa Mireles, coordinator for the Central Texas Regional Agency on Aging.
Mireles – which encourages residents to share meeting times with friends, colleagues and family members – has a vision to set up these same support groups in Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills counties and San Saba.
“Living with Alzheimer’s disease or caring for loved ones with dementia is demanding and can feel overwhelming,” according to the Central Texas Aging, Disability and Veterans Resource Center. “Too much stress affects your health and your ability to function. Finding ways to reduce caregiver stress will help reduce the long-term emotional and physical cost of caregiving.
Mireles said residents can access the information online at aaact.org or by calling him at 254-770-2346.